The Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics hosted an all female panel featuring U.S. and international lawmakers and other public figures who discussed their experiences with hateful and misogynistic content on social media and examined the consequences of digital platforms’ approaches to date.
The online event, the third and final in a series hosted by the George Washington University’s IDDP, highlighted how social media platforms have allowed hate to spread, especially against women, who are frequently subjected to misogynistic, crude, degrading and threatening harassment campaigns. The event also examined how social media platforms fail to enforce their own rules to protect women.
The GW event series is held in cooperation with the members of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation, a consortium of legislators working to protect consumers from social media disinformation.
The first event in the series, a June 16 panel on the harms of COVID-19-related disinformation, included senior lawmakers from the U.S., U.K. and Canada. The second event, a June 29 panel on disinformation and election interference, featured government leaders from the U.S. and abroad, as well as journalists and activists affected by such efforts.
- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.
- Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
- Christine Todd Whitman, president, The Whitman Strategy Group; former governor, New Jersey; former administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
- Renate Künast, member of the German Bundestag
- Seyi Akiwowo, founder and executive director, Glitch, former East London city councilor
- Arisha Hatch, vice president, Color of Change
- Panelists bios can be found here.
Further information on misogyny and harassment online:
- Biden’s VP should be prepared for an onslaught of online misogyny unlike anything seen before
- Lake Research Partners poll
- If tech companies wanted to end online harassment, they could do it tomorrow
- Julia Gillard: Abuse of women online 'disproportionate'
- Donna Zuckerberg: ‘Social media has elevated misogyny to new levels of violence’
- Women leaders driven offline and out of work by social media abuse
- Threats and Abuse on Campaign Trail: A Grim Reality for U.K. Female Candidates
- Toxic Twitter: A Toxic Place for Women
- Women abused on Twitter every 30 seconds
- Twitter enables harassment, abuse of women, report says
- Here's What Online Harassment Looks Like
- The Evolution of the Manosphere Across the Web
- This Mom Of A Sandy Hook Victim Said That She Is Constantly Harassed On Twitter
- Tweets That Chill: Analyzing Online Violence Against Women in Politics
- Online Harassment Toolkit
- Unsocial Media: Tracking Twitter Abuse against Women MPs
- Black and Asian women MPs abused more online
- Trolls and threats: Online harassment of female journalists